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Posted by John Culea on 07/30/2012

Having offered thoughts on ten Premier League teams, Sir John now covers players on five more teams who could be productive to fantasy managers looking to complete a 15-player roster.

The final list will not be all-encompassing list; however, it will include many of the new faces in the Premier League.

Yesterday Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Newcastle and Norwich City were examined. Here is the third group of five teams (player budget values listed in parenthesis):

Queens Park Rangers:

• Mark Hughes’ QPR team barely escaped relegation, surviving by one point in 17th place on the final day of the season. They were a miserable team scoring just 43 goals in 38 matches and conceding 66. They were road kill with a 3-2-14 record away from home.
• An infusion of capital should encourage Ranger supporters and also entice some fantasy managers. One of the key summer transfers is the arrival of Park Ji-Sung from Man Yoo. Park is the consummate professional who never complained about the lack of playing time and with few exceptions performed well when given the chance. Now he should be a regular. His 5.2 value almost certainly will increase with expected goals and assists.
• Another player from Old Trafford is defender Fabio (5), on loan from SAF.
• Ryan Nelson (4.6) is a solid veteran defender as is GK Robert Green, a (5.5) transfer from West Ham.
• Anton Ferdinand gives what you might expect from a salary of 4.9.
• Joey Barton (4.7) is roster poison and will be suspended for the first 12 matches of the season for his insanity against Manchester City.
• Another midfielder with a history of less than professional behavior is Taarabt (5.5); however, QPR management believes in him and signed him to a new contract.
• Shaun Wright-Phillips, the one-time England international who scored ten goals for Man City in 2004 has not had a goal since 2009. He stands 5-6, which is not much higher than his over-priced salary of 5.1.
• There has to be better goal-scoring from the forward position beginning with Zamora (5.2), Fulham transfer Andrew Johnson (5.7), Helguson (5.2) and Cisse at 6.3. The hot head of the Cisse family right now is dealing with an injury.


• Championship title-holder Reading earned their promotion on defensive strength, surrendering only 41 goals all season. But the Premier world is a world of difference and there are not that many Reading players that Sir John recommends for fantasy managers.
• One of them is forward Pogrebnyak who played well at Fulham while on loan and came as a free transfer. He has a bench-friendly salary of 5.1.
• Jason Roberts is near rock bottom at 4.4, while Newcastle transfer Mark Guthrie is at 4.9.
• Nicky Shorey (5) will offer his hard-nose defensive skills while Kanu (5) will be in midfield.
• Reading will be hard-pressed to survive relegation.


• Even less likely to return for a second season is Southampton and Sir John sees no player worth taking for fantasy rosters.
• Cork (5), Hoorveld (5), DoPrado (5), or Sharp (5.1)? No thanks.

• Tony Pulis faces another season with few celebrations around the goal for him or for the Potter’s opponents.
• Defenders Huth (5.4), Wilson (5.2), and Shawcross (5.7) are solid while Begovic (5.5) and Sorensen (5.5) are capable GK’s. Etherington (5.8) is dependable in midfield and all are worthy of fantasy consideration.
• Up front is another story. Crouch (6.4), Walters (6.5), and the elegant Kenwyne Jones (5) made up the lowest scoring team in the league last season. Thirty-six goals scored in 38 games was a disgrace and with 53 goals surrendered and no help is in sight at Britannia stadium there are little prospects for a finisher higher than last season’s 14th spot.


• Martin O’Neil has the Black Cats on a positive track and guided them to a 13th place finish.
• Mignolet (6) in goal is a good buy while former Man Yoo defenders O’Shea (5.4) and Brown (5) will give good production, but not the kind of numbers to win many fantasy weeks.
• Bardsley (5.4) and new transfer Turner (5.2) could notch a few goals.
• Cuellar (5) transfers in; however, he has been injured again.
• The most attractive fantasy player for Sunderland is Sessegnon (6.6) and that is the problem. There is not a lot of scoring from Sunderland with Richardson (5.1), McClean (5.7), and Gardner (5).
• As for Cattermole (4.7), stay away from him, he is the human Yellow Card.

Next: Swansea, Tottenham, WBA, West Ham, and Wigan


Posted by Roger Dela Rosa on 07/30/2012

I'm sure you've already seen this on ESPN soccernet:,-lukas-podolski-doubtful-for-season-start?cc=5901

Yes, thanks.
Big challenges for Arsenal; however, with this declaration, I think Wenger may be covering his you-know-what for the start of the season.

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John Culea John Culea is an American living in San Diego who became hooked on football while serving in the Navy for two years in London. A former TV news Emmy award-winning anchor/reporter, John manages the Premier Fantasy league MCMUARTN and goes by the Fantasy honorary title of "Sir John". John is a devoted Chelsea supporter and offers candid, often off-beat commentaries on the Premier League from an American perspective. He invites open discussion on his blog and can be contacted at

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